Although the weedy seadragon’s reproduction is well documented, it’s not understood what triggers the species to reproduce and mating in captivity is rare.
Although the weedy seadragon’s reproductive strategies are well documented, researchers have yet to understand what biological or environmental factors trigger them to reproduce.
Weedy seadragon mating and pregnancies in captivity are rare. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the United States of America, and the Melbourne Aquarium in Melbourne, Australia are among the few facilities in the world to have successfully bred weedy seadragons in captivity, though others occasionally report egg laying. In March 2012, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia of the United States of America announced a successful breeding event of weedy seadragons. As of July 2012, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has also successfully bred and hatched baby weedy seadragons on exhibit.
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• Sources | (The Associated Press, 2008; Frostic, 2000; Sea Life Melbourne, 2005; Underwater Times New Service, 2012; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2019)